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Arlington Park stakes recap (7/16/05)

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 16, 2005) -- Devilment made a wide move on the second turn, took command at the top of the stretch and easily won the $100,000 Round Table Stakes by two lengths Saturday at Arlington Park. The Mike Stidham-trained son of Peaks and Valleys covered the mile and an eighth in 1:47.73, smashing the stakes record of 1:48.98 set by Cowboy Stuff in 2002 and recording the fastest nine furlongs here since the track re-opened in May 2000.

Ridden by Carlos Marquez Jr., Devilment was steadied briefly on the backstretch before launching his winning move with about a half mile to run in the race.

"We got to the backside and I had to get him clear because he was starting to run up into horses at the 4 (-furlong pole) and I didn't want to get his momentum stopped," said Marquez, who was riding Devilment for the first time this season after serving as his regular partner during his 2-year-old season. "I lost a little ground but I think it was the right move to make. It was better than getting him stopped and trying to get him going again. Once I got him clear, he took me where I wanted him to."

The Round Table was the first stakes win for Devilment and his third win in seven starts overall. The $60,000 winner's share more than doubled his earnings to $117,600 for his owner, the Pin Oak Stable of Josephine Abercrombie who purchased the colt for $65,000 at the 2003 Keeneland September Sale.

"He reminded us a lot of Peaks and Valleys," Mrs. Abercrombie said. "He's a grand looking colt. We were so happy to be able to get something by Peaks and Valleys."

Real Dandy, the 2-1 post time favorite, rallied to finish second under in the eight-horse field, a length and a quarter clear of High Expectations.

"I had a perfect trip," Guidry said. "I got through on the fence and tried to make a run but we just got beat by a better horse today."

Thunder Mission set a stout pace while leading through fractions of 23.52 seconds, 46.80 seconds, 1:10.68 before fading to fourth. Tupper Lake, Straight Line, Apache Point and Bob O's Boy completed the order of finish.

Devilment paid $11, $5 and $3.40. Real Dandy returned $3.40 and $2.40. High Expectations paid $2.80.

Arlington Park -- the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. -- is running a 94-day meet in 2005 from Friday, May 13 through Sunday, Sept. 18. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates eight off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities: Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Chicago, Trackside McHenry, Trackside Rockford, Trackside South Beloit, Trackside Waukegan and Lucky's featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at

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